• France Bans GE Corn Cultivation, VT Passes GE Food Labeling Bill

    Updated: 2014-04-24 05:01:28
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 24, 2014) France’s lower house of parliament passed a bill last week banning the cultivation of all strains of genetically engineered (GE) corn within its borders, even those strains that might not yet be approved within the European Union (EU). The law follows a decree adopted last month, which targeted the only […]

  • Vermont One Large Step Closer to Labeling Genetically Engineered Food

    Updated: 2014-04-23 05:01:07
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 18, 2014) Last week the Vermont state Senate voted 28-2 to authorize the mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. The bill, H.112, “An Act Relating to the Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering,” passed the Vermont House of Representatives back in May, and now goes back to […]

  • Community Action on Earth Day -Eliminate Toxic Chemicals that Jeopardize the Natural World

    Updated: 2014-04-22 05:01:26
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 22, 2014) As we reflect on the beauty and wonder of the natural world this Earth Day and seek to restore and preserve the intricate web of life on the planet, we face an urgent need to stop ongoing toxic chemical contamination. The hard truth of our time is that the natural world on which […]

  • Study Finds Individuals Exposed to Triclosan More Likely to Carry Staph Bacteria

    Updated: 2014-04-21 05:01:09
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 21, 2014) A study has found that increased human exposure to triclosan is correlated with elevated numbers of individuals carrying staph bacteria. This research adds to the growing scientific literature that questions the safety and efficacy of triclosan, an anti-bacterial chemical widely used in consumer products. The study, Triclosan Promotes Staphylococcus aureus […]

  • Mountain Lion Poisoned as Rodenticides Move Up the Food Chain

    Updated: 2014-04-18 05:01:22
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 18, 2014) Test results have confirmed that the charismatic mountain lion named P-22 —that frequently roams the hills of the San Gabriel Mountains surrounding Los Angeles, California— has been exposed to highly toxic rat poisons. When remote cameras in Griffith Park caught images of the puma, state park officials saw a thin […]

  • Food Price Update (March CPI)

    Updated: 2014-04-17 14:50:24
    The Department of Labor noted this week, that food prices increased by 0.4% in March. Drought in Brazil and the U.S., particularly in California, have put a dent in output. Prices for producer products are set to increase as well. And on the East Coast, cold temperatures and rain have also negatively impacted spring crops. […]

  • “DARK” Act Introduced to Stop the Labeling of GE Foods

    Updated: 2014-04-17 05:01:15
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 17, 2014) Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) recently introduced H.R. 4432, a bill that would give full authority of  genetically engineered (GE) labeling to the Food and Drug Administration, which now favors a voluntary approach to the issue. The bill is designed by industry to undercut a growing number of states that are taking […]

  • Federal Reserve Beige Book: Observations on the Ag Economy- April 2014

    Updated: 2014-04-16 20:42:51
    Today the Federal Reserve Board released its Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions. Commonly referred to as the “Beige Book,” the report included the following observations with respect to the U.S. agricultural economy: * Fifth District- Richmond- “Persistent cold temperatures and wet field conditions delayed planting of row crops and in some locations, limited days out […]

  • Public Interest Groups Intervene to Defend Kauai’s GE Law

    Updated: 2014-04-16 05:01:20
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 16, 2014) The U.S. District Court of Hawaii granted a Motion to Intervene jointly presented by Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice on behalf of several community non-profit groups. The order allows the groups to participate in a lawsuit filed by Syngenta and other pesticide companies challenging Kauai’s County Ordinance 960, […]

  • Fish from Alaskan Wilderness Contaminated with Banned Pesticides

    Updated: 2014-04-15 12:46:00
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 15, 2014) A new study released last week by the National Park Service on contaminant use in Alaska, found traces of pesticides in fish —pesticides which have long been banned and likely never been used within the Alaskan wilderness areas. Researchers examined three Alaskan parks renowned for their remote, pristine and protected […]

  • Herbicide Ban Put on Hold In Sri Lanka

    Updated: 2014-04-14 05:01:26
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 14, 2014) Bowing to political pressure and agrochemical industry opposition Sri Lanka’s government has taken a step back from its original decision to place a ban on one of the most widely used herbicides worldwide —glyphosate. Scientific evidence has tied glyphosate to the incurable, deadly kidney disease that has afflicted thousands of […]

  • CNBC- U.S. Government Courts New Farmers

    Updated: 2014-04-13 12:12:02
    On Friday, a USDA news release indicated that, “Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).” Jane Wells, of CNBC, elaborated on this issue […]

  • Connecticut Senate Moves Forward on GE Grass Ban

    Updated: 2014-04-11 05:01:28
    (Beyond Pesticides, April 11, 2014) Connecticut State Senate bill no.443, an act that bans the sale of genetically engineered (GE) grass seeds, passed the state Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 25-11. The bill shows Connecticut legislators are taking seriously the risks that increased pesticide use in residential areas pose to the health of […]

  • CFR Interview: A Conversation with Tom Vilsack

    Updated: 2014-04-10 14:13:34
    From the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), April 9 – “Secretary Vilsack discusses the implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), food security, and immigration reform, as part of CFR’s Renewing America series. “The Renewing America series examines how policies at home directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States […]

  • Bloomberg Video: Why the World Is Looking for U.S. Crops

    Updated: 2014-04-10 14:08:03
    From Bloomberg News, April 9–- Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga reports on commodity prices and the California drought’s impact on food prices. He speaks with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Bottom Line.’” See also, “Withered California Fruit Seen Raising Food Costs.” -kg

  • Beef Prices-All Time High, Winter Takes Toll on U.S. Farms

    Updated: 2014-04-09 16:46:00
    The front page of today’s Los Angeles Times provided an in-depth look at variables associated with record high beef prices in the U.S. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal explained today that a harsh winter took a toll on farms throughout the U.S. and adversely impacted many crops. -kg

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